Iran to filter 'immoral' mobile messages

Video and audio messages sent via mobile phones will be scanned by the Telecoms ministry.

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By  Reuters Published  April 27, 2007

Iran's Telecommunications Ministry will start filtering "immoral" video and audio messages sent via mobile phones, state television reported on Saturday.

The Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, a body set up after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, has instructed the ministry to buy the equipment needed to prevent any misuse of Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), it said.

MMS allows users to send multimedia messages that include images, video and audio.

" ... in order to prevent possible misuse of MMS, immoral actions and social problems, the Telecommunications Ministry will filter immoral MMS," the television said.

It did not give details of the techniques it would use to filter such messages, when it would start or how it would define "immoral" messages.

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